Camp Do More 2012: Setting and Achieving Your Goals
by Kerri Randall
Another Camp Do More is done and in the books. Chalene Johnson and her team never cease to put on an amazing event, and there's always inspiration everywhere you look. That alone is worth the price of admission, which, by the way, is already pretty damn cheap. I mean, we got to listen to Brian Tracy live and in person this year! How awesome is that?
Now I've met and talked to Chalene in person more than a few times by now. Of course, we've never had more than a few minutes to talk, so conversations haven't been exceptionally involved, but on the same token, it doesn't seem to matter to my nerves that we've already been introduced: I still get jittery and excited just to be in the same room with her. I've considered her such an inspirational mentor for so long! But here's what blows my mind: she meets so many people everyday, all the time, at so many different events during the year, through social media, etc., and she knows who I am. O.M.G.
I upgraded to the Red Carpet group again this year. It was only open to 75 people (or some number in that vicinity). Out of about 1000 people, we would be the only ones guaranteed to have a meet-and-greet with Chalene, among many other fun perks like first choice of our spots for workouts and lectures and first dibs on the new line of Turbo wear.
Many of you know my story from last year's Camp. Summary: I spoke up during Winn Claybaugh's speech about the negative environment I worked in and how I felt like I was struggling to stay positive and losing that part of myself. Chalene's next lecture was about protecting your "mojo" and she spoke directly to me, affirming that she saw a bright light in me. She literally told me I was too sparkly to be in that environment and I needed to get out. And yeah, I cried.
This year, I had hoped to report back that not only had I quit that job, but I had succeeded in completing my band's first album and was well on my way to doing music full-time. Well, I did make it a point to move on from the job at the end of this past June. I still think it's too early to tell if I jumped the gun by a few months or not, but I can tell you my stress level is significantly lower. Unfortunately, the other half of what I had hoped hasn't happened yet. At least not completely. The album is almost done. The first step is almost complete.
Chalene high-fived me for that, though, and said, "It only took a year!" Then she asked me about my plan, what I'm doing in the meantime, and offered a few places to look for ideas to keep me afloat financially and get closer to my music goals. That makes an amazing mentor: in the midst of putting on a huge 4-day event for 1000 people and spending over 2 hours personally greeting and posing for pictures with about 75 of them, she takes the time to make each individual feel important, special, and more than capable of every success they wish for!
My new goal is to make the second half of my original goal true by Camp Do More 2013: It's guaranteed that the album will be done in the next couple months. Now onto the next steps of growing our fan base and booking gigs left and right!
How will this happen, you ask? Two ways.
One, I'm going to kick it into high gear by following the exercises that Brian Tracy gave to us in his lecture. If you don't already know, Brian Tracy has been Chalene Johnson's mentor for a long time. She credits him with helping her reach her own goals. And yet, for as much as she's talked about him, I just never really got onto the Brian Tracy train. Sure, I checked out a few videos and I read one of his books, but for some reason, I just couldn't connect with the same enthusiasm. Now I completely respected him–he's definitely done a lot to help millions of people, I'm sure, but I wasn't clicking with him.
So I was definitely interested to hear his lecture, but probably not as excited as I should've been. But now? I am so honored and truly blown away that he took the time to come and speak at Camp. Normally his seminars cost a couple thousand dollars, and we got to hear him for a couple hundred. Not many people can say that. Brian was so funny, so engaging, and so encouraging! I actually was a little disappointed when his time was up because I could've listened to him all day! I took 18 pages of notes!
It's funny–the concepts he talked about were so simple, but so true. And I've heard so much of his message via Chalene so many times, but I wonder if hearing it for the millionth time from him is what I needed to make it click and stick. Of course it always clicked when Chalene said it, but I've had my own issues with making it stick. Of course it remains to be seen if Brian Tracy's lecture will help me with that, but right now I'm fired up and I believe it will. I fully intend to report back to Chalene next year as a success story after implementing Brian's exercises, and you all can hold me to it. Check in with me, nudge me, etc. Seriously.
Did you know that most people only use 2% of their potential? 2%!!! That's ridiculous. We're all so much better than that. Brian said that most people try a new idea or take a first step less than one time before they give up. In other words, people give up before they even take the first step. They convince themselves that they will fail before they even start, so they think, "Why try?" I know I've been guilty of that. We all have, right? But doesn't it ignite something in you to hear it (or read it) in those words? If so many people won't even take the first step, if they convince themselves of failure before they start, just think how ridiculously far ahead of the majority you and I will be when WE take the first step!
Successful people are the ones who START. Starting is the first step in creating momentum. That momentum is going to carry me through to my goal, and I sincerely hope you take your own first step so you can reach your goals. It's not easy to start, but it is simple.
Will you start?
And before you leave, will you help me with the second way of reaching my goal? You can help me grow a community of positive people who love music, art, fitness, and life by staying connected with me and each other. If you enter your email address in the box in the upper right corner of my site, I'll keep you informed of all the latest updates, and you can share your successes by replying back.
And you can check in with me, nudge me, etc., via my Facebook page. Do it. By this time next year, my wish is that we've all taken ginormous strides toward our goals and our ideal lives. All we have to do is start, and we're already on the road to success.
What are your life goals? Please share in the comments below or come and tell me on Facebook!
Kerri Randall (that's me!) is a singer, performer, writer, and…(wait for it)…fitness instructor. I've performed throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin with multiple bands, and have even sung at the historic Pabst Theater with the Milwaukee Police Band and Jazz Ensemble. I have also been a featured writer on Dotted Music (dottedmusic.com). My passion is entertaining and inspiring others to think, laugh, and have fun. I believe the artist community can only thrive when we all encourage and support each other!